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Spring into Summer Courses

​SENIORCENTRIC

Thursday, May 5, 2:00-3:00pm

KZSM – San Marcos Community Radio

Currently streaming only... KZSM.org

Join Marianne Reese, Becky D. Reese, and guest Dr. Jason Kwak,

Distinguished Professor of Piano and Director of the Texas State International Piano Festival

 

On Our Health

As an analogy, consider how your body compares to a hybrid car, which uses gasoline and electricity. What are the similarities? How do you maintain the car? What don’t you do? Do you care for your car better than you care for yourself? We’ll use this analogy during May’s SENIORCENTRIC to continue our discussion about aging well.

 

Do You Know...

  • Top Tier Gas Stations

As with the food you put into your body, listeners will learn why the gas you put into your car makes a difference to the life of your car’s engine.

  • Mother’s Day – May 8th

Where did Mother’s day come from? The early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday” is only the beginning of its history!

 

In the Community

Dr. Jason Kwak will tell SENIORCENTRIC listeners about the 12th Texas State International Piano Festival – held at Texas State University from June 4-11 – which will feature young pianists who are selected through auditions to participate in a week of lessons, master classes, recitals, seminars, and recreational activities. Each day, the festival will feature concerts open to the public by guest artists and rising stars from all over the world. Let’s have a strong San Marcos presence at these public concerts… you will be amazed at the talent of the Festival’s young pianists!

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Presented in Partnership with

San Marcos Parks and Recreation

Watercolor Studio

Call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512-393-8280 to register

When:  Mondays (4): May 2, 9, 16, 23

Where: Dunbar Recreation Center (801 W. MLK)

Time:    10:00am-Noon

Fee:       $20

Course Description

Work on watercolors at your own pace. You choose the subject and composition. Visit with other artists as you work and know that advice is available. Weekly studio time gives structure and accountability to your hobby.

 

Supplies

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About Your Coach-Tutor-Mentor (CTM): Kelly King

Kelly started studying and creating art as a teenager and still loves it! She taught in the public schools for 29 years, focusing on teaching art in the final 10 years of her career. Kelly’s own art talent coupled with her teaching experience make her the ideal CTM!

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Drawing from Old Photos

Call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512-393-8280 to register

When:  Fridays (5): May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3

Where: San Marcos Activity Center

Time:    10:00am-1:00pm

Fee:       $50

Course Description

Create expressive, yet elusive images inspired by old photographs. This course will teach you how to simplify complex shapes, build texture, accurately interpret values, build lights and darks with hatched lines, and develop your technical drawing skills. Demonstrations, presentations, one-on-one instruction, and critiques are included in the course.

 

Supplies

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About Your Instructor: Roxana Tuff

Roxy is a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and MFA in Painting. She is an outstanding instructor having taught in the art studio area at Texas State for 14 years and for LifeLong Learning-San Marcos for 7 years.

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Embroidered Photo Art

Call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512-393-8280 to register

When:  Fridays (5): July 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5

Where: San Marcos Activity Center

Time:    10:00am-Noon

Fee:       $50

Course Description

Give images new meaning by modifying old photographs. Learn 7-10 basic stitches that can be used to embellish black and white photos. Become familiar with various contemporary photo embroidery artists. Use old photos on heavy card stock or have a photo of your choice printed on heavy paper that will hold up to stitching.

 

Supplies

CLICK HERE for a complete list of required supplies.

 

About Your Instructor: Roxana Tuff

Roxy is a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and MFA in Painting. She is an outstanding instructor having taught in the art studio area at Texas State for 14 years and for LifeLong Learning-San Marcos for 7 years.

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ZOOM Courses

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Science Fiction Favorites

Email lifelonglearningsm@gmail.com to register

When:  Second Wednesdays: May-Sept, Nov-Dec

Where: Comfort of your own home via Zoom

Time:    2:00-3:30pm

Course Description

This book discussion group will focus on the most popular science fiction books written in this century. The books on the list are limited to those that have won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards since 2000. The Hugo award is selected by science fiction fans while the Nebula award is selected by science fiction writers. There are only 25 books that hold the rare honor of winning both awards.

The following list is only a suggestion; participants can recommend alternatives at any time.

May 11 – The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (2017)

June 8 – Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir (2021)

July 13 – The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)

Aug 10 – The Postman, by David Brin (1985) 

Sept 4 – Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett (2004)

Nov 9 – The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin (2021)

Dec 14 – Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (2018)

 

About Your Facilitator: Patricia Pattison

Pat is a retired law professor from Texas State University. Since her retirement in 2017 she has enjoyed a variety of Lifelong Learning-San Marcos classes and taught a personal law class in 2019. Pat recently became a member of the advisory board of LLL-smtx.  She has degrees in English, Communications, and Law.

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Course Description

Participants will read and discuss old, new, fiction, and non-fiction works by Texas authors. Your provocateur will add context by weaving in interesting “historical tidbits” as well as background information on each author.

 

Course Schedule

  • May 11 – Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

Isaac’s Storm is the first book we will read not written by a Texan. We all agreed to make an exception because of the subject matter. This 2000 New York Times Best Book is a nonfiction account of the 1900 Galveston hurricane and since June 1st is the official start of hurricane season, it seems acceptable to break our Texas rule.

  • More Books Coming!

 

 

 

About Your Provocateur: Jo Snider

Jo is a retired faculty member from Texas State University’s Department of History. She specialized in teaching introductory courses in the theater setting, which basically means she knows a lot about a lot of things. For her BA, Jo had a double major in History and English, and an English minor on the MA level. Since her focus has been Texas and the Old South, a book club on Texas authors seemed a natural. Please join us for some fun, entertainment, and enlightenment from the Texas literati.

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Texas Literature Book Club

Email lifelonglearningsm@gmail.com to register

When:  Wednesdays: May 11...  More Books Coming!

Where: Comfort of your own home via Zoom

Time:    6:30-8:00pm